Terrence Howard

by ethnic on February 10, 2008

Birth Name: Terrence Dashon Howard

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 11, 1969

Ethnicity: African-American

Terrence Howard is an American actor and singer. He starred in the movies Hustle & Flow and Get Rich or Die Tryin’. He was born to African-American parents, Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins), who was born in Ohio, and Tyrone Howard, who was born in Alabama. His parents are sometimes cited as having recent part caucasian ancestry, although the degree is unclear.

Terrence’s paternal grandmother is named Minnie.

Terrence’s maternal grandparents are William Milton Hawkins and Marjorie O. Gentry (the daughter of Lloyd/Floyd Gentry and Minnie Lee Watson). Lloyd was the son of Foster W. Gentry and Ida M. Calloway. Terrence’s great-grandmother Minnie was known as an actress under her married name, Minnie Gentry. Minnie was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the daughter of Taylor Watson and Marcie Bettie Annie Hayes.

Source: Obituary and picture of Terrence’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie O. (Gentry) Hawkins – http://www.houseoflawinc.com

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Multiethnicchick July 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Most black Americans don’t look like this man. They look closer to Chris Rock.
He’s clearly mixed race

fuzzybear44 July 9, 2017 at 12:58 am

Have you seen most black Americans? No you have not. Plus the fact is , Chris rock is mixed blooded also , along with I believe the majority of the black population here. Looking more mixed blooded doesn’t mean you are. As I have stated before, Blair underwood is more mixed than Tyra banks, but who looks more mixed?

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Looks like a mixture of Black, Native, and European. Seen some Dominicans that resemble him.

fuzzybear44 July 9, 2017 at 1:00 am

That’s not hard to do,I seen Dominicans that could resemble everyone I know

EatEricRoberts December 15, 2014 at 11:01 am

No way he is all black with that hair!

Koko B February 20, 2015 at 3:30 am

Terrance is nothing but a light-skinned black man. Neither parent is/was biracial as claimed. According to his father, Tyrone Howard, Terrance has a revionist view on history and his genealogy. The Santa slaying wasn’t racially provoked and his father only served 11 months for manslaughter because it was self defense. Oh and his father doesn’t have “wavy hair and blue eyes” as Terrance claimed probably more like hazel, which isn’t that uncommon for African Americans. Here’s a newspaper article with a picture of his father: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1971/12/27/page/24/article/2-worlds-clash-in-christmas-tragedy

Also Terrance claims there hasn’t been a person of full African ancestry in his family for hundreds of years BUT his great grandmother was a dark-skinned woman, a fellow thespian as well. Here’s her obit with a picture: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=14812488&page=gr

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 4:57 am

I agree, he is overwhelmingly black. Its so annoying how this site tries to mix up every black person who looks different from thier stereotype. Its actually racist.

White18 September 25, 2014 at 1:28 am

Looks like mexican/ blacks I’ve seen.

angrygirl19 September 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

Both of his parents are half black half white

sarahle September 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

of course…NOT!


Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

Looks Mexican.

Marseille August 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

i agree

midori29 September 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

looks regularly black African American to me

midori29 September 23, 2014 at 8:31 am

You people realize in that pic he straightened and slicked his hair. In real life, he has a regular afro.

laura July 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

From imbd: “My father was half-White and half-Black with sky-blue eyes and wavy hair. They called him no-nation. He hated Whites and told us to be cautious of them. And of Blacks he said, ‘You can’t trust them.'”

follers July 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I can’t find where this quote came from originally. I didn’t think Howard’s parents were directly biracial, but I could be wrong.

midori29 September 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

Ive never heard that comment. Or anything like that, he is majority African with some past mixture. He is just the same as 90% of other African Americans. Not to mention the ony mixture I read abut him is like one grandparent.
His parents are definitely not biracial.

Check7t February 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm

He looks tri-racial. I see influences everywhere.

Check7t February 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm

He’s obviously mixed like all other African-Americans who aren’t recent immigrants, don’t be fooled now.

ihatemostpeople February 24, 2014 at 11:08 pm

He’s handsome, but I heard that he abuses women. He beat most of his wives. He has a new chick that he married after only being together for like a month. Who tf does that shit? She’s only in it for the money though……..

Shawnee27 February 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Dumbasses both of his parents are biracial, he is biracial. Learn the damn difference.

Bre June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

God, who cares? He’s hot as hell.
There is no source here.

Miguel March 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

man, i am totally mixed, i born in brazil, my parents are colombian, i have grand parent and a great-great parent from Spain both on mother and father side, one black grandmother and a mestizo (half european half native) grand parents… I am european/black/native south american

dan January 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

he is more than mixed, some german maybe? he has green eyes.

fuzzybear January 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

To Dan

He is more than mixed?Blue eyes are rare,but green are common.So he doesn’t have to be more than mixed.Your expert knowledge on us is amazing.

OctoberForGood May 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

Actually… green eyes are rare. Blue eyes are the fourth most common eye color. Green comes second in least common.

Wtf May 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

@oct: I think your wrong green eyes are more common for black people

Just November 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Terrence Howard said from his own mouth on Oprah that he is 50% black and 50% white. His father (black) is serving a life sentence for accidentally killing (stabbing) a racist man who was harassing Terrence’s mother in a mall when he was with his sibling during the holidays when he was a boy.

tye tye August 22, 2010 at 5:40 am

damn dis website is cool cos im african but im 100% mixed my mama is half black and irish and my dad is indian german and black

D-Beezy July 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Actually both of his parents are mixed african american and caucasian

total23 May 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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